Jay-Jay Okocha can’t wait to return to England this summer when he represents Nigeria at Star Sixes.
The attacking midfield magician spent four years with Bolton Wanderers, and another season with Hull City, before hanging up his boots in 2008.
But now, with the inaugural Star Sixes competition just around the corner, Okocha is back.
And, having never visited London’s iconic O2 Arena, which will stage the 12-team tournament for former internationals from 13 to 16 July, he’s excited about playing in front of the English support again.
“I have never been to The O2, so I am really looking forward to playing there,” said Okocha, now 43.
“I am excited to get out there and play again. Because of my experience in the Premier League, I know what to expect from the atmosphere.
“I know how much English people love their football, so I am looking forward to having that feeling that again.”
Okocha made 75 appearances for the Nigeria’s Super Eagles during a 13-year international career.
He also helped his country win an African Cup of Nations title and an Olympic gold medal.
Okocha’s side at Star Sixes which also features former Chelsea and Newcastle United defender Celestine Babayaro, line up in Group B where they will face China in their opening game on 13 July, as well as huge match-ups with Brazil and Italy.
And with London also home to a large Nigerian population, Okocha is hoping they will come out in force to get behind the Super Eagles once more.
“I think we will have a good number of Nigeria fans in London, as there has been a lot of talk about Star Sixes.
“I have been getting calls here and there from people who have already bought their tickets and some who want more. Hopefully we will have a lot of support.”
He added: “It’s going to be fun. I like the fact there is not so much pressure on us now as we do not have anything to prove other than that we still have it!”